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Terra Technologies' expertise with local and watershed hydrology, native plants, and soils properties allows us to create successful and aesthetically pleasing bioretention features.

Bioretention is a method of water quality management that utilizes upland plants, soil and soil microbes to filter runoff.   By creating a depression in an upland setting, bioretention sites allow natural filtration, storage, siltation, and biological processes to treat stormwater.  

The use of native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants make bioretention sites more aesthetically pleasing than other stormwater Best Management Practices.  Additionally, bioretention sites are generally spread throughout a site and treat water at a subbasin level as opposed to an end-of-pipe treatment solution.

If desired, swales pretreat and direct water to bioretention areas.  Water also enters ponding areas from flow entrances which create sheet flow from water that enters from a single point.

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Prairie & Wetland Center Low Impact Development, Belton, Missouri




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